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Crashing An Afghan Wedding: No Toasts But Lots Of Cheesy Music

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai addresses the Loya Jirga on Sunday. Karzai expressed anger at an airstrike Thursday that killed a child, saying it could imperil a security agreement with the U.S. The U.S.-led international force apologized on Friday for the killing. Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A helicopter from the American security contractor DynCorp provides air support as members of an Afghan eradication force plow opium poppies on April 3, 2006, in the Helmand province, Afghanistan. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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When Most U.S. Forces Leave Afghanistan, Contractors May Stay

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Karzai's Demands On Security Pact Puzzle Afghans, Westerners

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai attends the Loya Jirga, or grand assembly, in Kabul on Sunday. The assembly approved a deal that would allow the U.S. to keep troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014. But Karzai has not yet agreed to sign the deal. Rahmat Gul/AP hide caption

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Ex-White House Official Podesta Calls Karzai 'Erratic'

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Karzai Stalls On U.S. Troop Presence In Afghanistan

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai attends the Loya Jirga in Kabul on Sunday. Rahmat Gul/AP hide caption

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Afghan Assembly Approves Security Plan, But Karzai Delays

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In Afghanistan, Tribal Elders Get A Say In Security Pact With U.S.

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Afghan delegates to the Loya Jirga, or grand assembly, listen to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday. Some 2,500 elders and community leaders have gathered in Kabul to discuss a U.S.-Afghan security agreement that would define the role of U.S. troops after the combat mission ends next year. S. Sabawoon/EPA/Landov hide caption

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A member of the Afghan Loya Jirga listens as the more than 2,000 elders begin debating a proposed U.S.-Afghan security pact on Thursday in Kabul. Massoud Hossaini /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hamid Karzai Lives In A 'World Of Paranoia And Conspiracy'

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Afghans Debate Future U.S. Military Presence

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Afghan Elders Will Decide Future Of U.S. Troops After 2014

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